Event details
Event Start Date: 21/10/2016
Event End Date: 21/10/2016
Time: 9.30am - 1.00pm

Location: Parliament of New South Wales

Global Dignity Day 2016

Parliamentary Education and the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law invite Year 10 students to attend Global Dignity Day 2016 at the Parliament of New South Wales.

What is Global Dignity?

Global Dignity is the brainchild of three friends, concerned global citizens who met as Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum: HRH Crown Prince Haakon (Norway), Professor Pekka Himanen (Finland) and founder of Operation HOPE, John Hope Bryant (United States).

The three friends realized that the one thing that everyone in the world could agree on, irrespective of their differences is that we all want our dignity to be recognized. Dignity is the very foundation of our humanity. Dignity is universal. Dignity is also the source of human rights.
The co-founders created Global Dignity in 2006. Since then they have worked with many Young Global Leaders and other partners in over 70 countries, hosting what are known as Dignity Days. This involves visiting local schools and communities around the world and teaching a 'course in dignity' to youth. The Honorary Board of Global Dignity Day includes Richard Branson, President Martti Ahtisaari and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. 

Dignity Principles

The concept of global dignity includes the following five principles:

  1. Every human being has a right to lead a dignified life.
  2. A dignified life means an opportunity to fulfil one’s potential, which is based on having a human level of health care, education, income and security.
  3. Dignity means having the freedom to make decisions on one’s life and to be met with respect for this right.
  4. Dignity should be the basic guiding principle for all actions.
  5. Ultimately, our own dignity is interdependent with the dignity of others.


Registration will open at 9.00am.  Following a short welcome and introduction by event organisers, the keynote address will be delivered by Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tim Soutphommasane.

Students will then move into smaller, facilitated groups to further explore the concept of dignity and discuss their experiences of dignity in their communities.

Students will then reconvene for a plenary session where some students will report back on group discussion.

Lunch (veg and non-veg sandwiches) will be provided.  We are unable to cater for specific dietary requirements and ask students to bring their own lunch if required.

Keynote speaker

Dr Soutphommasane has been Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner since August 2013. Prior to joining the Australian Human Rights Commission, he was a political philosopher and held posts at the University of Sydney and Monash University. His thinking on multiculturalism, national identity and patriotism has been influential in shaping debates in Australia and Britain.

Dr Soutphommasane is the author of four books, I’m Not Racist But (2015), The Virtuous Citizen (2012), Don't Go Back To Where You Came From (2012), and Reclaiming Patriotism (2009). He was co-editor (with Nick Dyrenfurth) of All That's Left (2010). He has been an opinion columnist with The Age and The Weekend Australian newspapers, and in 2013 presented the documentary series “Mongrel Nation” on ABC Radio National.

For more information on Global Dignity.

Download the registration form.

The Kaldor Centre plays a vital role in developing legal, sustainable and humane solutions for displaced people around the world.